10 Reasons to Stay at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort

Feeding the elephants on arrival at Anantara Hotel Chiang Rai

It took the longest travel day to get to the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort, in northern Thailand. My journey began by flying from New York to London on British Airways. During the six-hour layover, I took a shower in the club and had brunch at a nearby pub before flying 11 hours […]

14 reasons—plus many more photos—to try voluntourism in Thailand

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has put great effort into voluntourism (community-based tourism) in their country, and success has been the result. Supported by groups Local Alike, responsiblevacation.com, STA Travel, Matador Network, and more, the TAT has made experiencing Thailand in a unique, community-minded way both manageable and affordable. So stretch your philanthropic wings, […]

Day Trip To Myanmar from Chiang Rai Thailand

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Natalie and I were in northern Thailand visiting the plush Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort. One of the excursions they offered was a day trip to nearby Myanmar and we couldn’t turn down that trip. Anantara can arrange for a certified guide and transportation to take you over the border, which is about […]

Forget the gambling: 4 can’t-miss meals in Macau

Egg tarts in Macau

This is the second post on Macau by Caitlin Martin. Check out the first one—an exploration of its historical and cultural sides—here. Macau is unique in its concentration of restaurants and variety of cuisine. Yes, you can certainly gamble your heart out, but as I mentioned in my last Macau post, the cuisine here is to die […]

A unified tourism model in Southeast Asia? Takeaways from ASEAN’s 34th ATF in Myanmar

Kyaik Htee Yoe Pagoda, Mon State, Myanmar

The idea of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts is not lost on Southeast Asia. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is an organization comparable to the European Union with its enduring effort to achieve regional solidarity. Myanmar just hosted the 34th annual ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) in Nay Pyi Taw, its relocated […]

Angkor National Park Siem Reap Cambodia

Monks leaving Angkor Wat

My wife and I were in Cambodia as a guest of Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa. The hotel is plush but the real reason you’ll want to go to Siem Reap is for its proximity to the magnificent Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of ancient Khmer Empire ruins. The most famous is […]

10 Reasons to Stay at Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa in Cambodia

Monk blessing at Anantara Angkor Resort

I’ve always dreamt of going to Cambodia so when Natalie and I were invited to go to Thailand with Anantara Hotels, we decided to skip the trip to their Phuket property and instead, visit their hotel in Cambodia. After all, it was half the distance (218 miles instead of 430 miles) from where we would […]

Top 10 in Travel News: Week of December 10, 2014

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THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: Win for travelers: Congress caps airline-ticket TSA fees Korean Air Executive Ejects Crew Member After Poor Nut Service Uber has been banned in Delhi after a driver was accused of raping a passenger American Airlines Set To Upgrade Fleet And Finally Compete With Delta Sir Richard Branson […]